Following on from the Fields of Remembrance kits supplied to Schools and and Early Childhood Centres in 2015 and 2016 children continue to commemorate ANZAC Day.
The Castle Kids Kindergarten in Waikanae Beach made their own crosses and the children painted them.
They made Anzac biscuits and planned their own ANZAC commemoration inviting a member of the RSA to come and talk to them. They also had a bugler sound the last post.
They placed the crosses in the Kindergartens Garden.
"The children were very gentle, proud and serious as they put their crosses (with photos of people who had helped in the war) and the posies they had made in the garden."
There are two competitions available for older children to win a place to visit Belgian and attend commemorations there.
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A poem to commemorate ANZAC Day.
"Together we're honouring a century of the ANZAC spirit"
In 1917 the New Zealanders moved into Belgium and began fighting in "Flanders Fields". On the 7th of June the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 huge underground bombs - 10,000 German soldiers were killed in the blast and it rattled teacups in London. Fierce fighting continued for several days, by the time the New Zealand Division was relieved on 9 June, it had 3700 casualties, including 700 dead.
World War I New Zealand soldiers erecting a commemorative cross to those who died in the Somme Battle, 1916.
For most conspicuous bravery and determination in attack when the company to which he belonged suffered very heavy casualties in officers and men from machine-gun fire. At great personal risk this NCO advanced with a comrade and succeeded in reaching a point thirty yards of the enemy guns.
Those who fell 100 years ago were honoured and remembered in Auckland on the 15th September 2016.
A field of 163 crosses bears the names of Aucklanders who died in the battle on the 15th September 1916.
On 1 July 1916 British and French forces launched an offensive which would become known as the Battle of the Somme.
As part of the Ministry of Education’s and Fields of Remembrance Trust’s ANZAC activity, ACG Sunderland Early Childhood Centre received a WW1 Commemoration Package, including three small white crosses to honour the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1.
The Salamanca Lawn Field of Remembrance Crosses in the Wellington Botanic Gardens this year contains 1848 crosses named for men from the wider Wellington region who lost their lives in 1915 and 1916.
Following the success of the Fields of Remembrance in Schools project in 2015, the Trust in partnership with the Ministry of Education supplied a Remembrance kit to 4,600 early childcare centres.
Solemn Civic ceremonies were enacted on this ANZAC Day, with dignitaries, speeches and parades. But there were also a host of small community commemorations where the Fallen of a small town or district were remembered in personal and no-less moving ways.
Concerns have been raised around the role of Veterans in the Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum. See New Zealand Herald article HERE.
Across New Zealand Fields of Remembrance are becoming a part of ANZAC Day commemorations. RSAs and community groups are remembering those who lost their lives 100 years ago in the First World War in this very personal and visually dramatic way.
League players and the First World War